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MAFF UPDATE No.719 (Published on June 29, 2009)

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Number 719
June 29, 2009

A weekly update of news from the Japanese
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
International Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Kasumigaseki 1-2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950
Fax: 81-3-5512-7652
Editor: Takao Sato

The Addition of New Technical Measures for the Import Plant Quarantine of Sweet Cherries from the United States

As for sweet cherries from the United States, scientific and technological studies indicate that the new technical measures, along with the fumigation with Methyl Bromide, can prevent establishment of the Codling Moths. Therefore, MAFF adds the following technique as a condition which allows the sweet cherries from the United States to be imported to Japan.

Summary

1. Point of the Revision

(1) Since the Codling Moths are occurred in the United States, the import of sweet cherries which are the host plants of them is prohibited by Plant Protection Act (1950, Law No.151), Article 7, paragraph 1, item1.

(2) To prevent establishment of Codling Moths, however, sweet cherries from the United States have been allowed to be imported with condition of the fumigation with Methyl Bromide since 1978.

(3) Since 1997, the United States has requested us to add the alternative measures in order to reduce the use of Methyl Bromide which is the ozone depleting substance.

(4) Scientific study about the alternative measures which had been requested by the United States indicated that we could prevent establishment of Codling Moths with the following method:

1  Sweet cherries could be shipped only from the production areas that were confirmed to be low prevalence,

2  Three times inspections: First, when sweet cherries are carried into the packing facilities; second, after fruit sorting; and third, before exporting,

3  Periodical inspection by Japanese plant quarantine officers.

(5) The imports by these measures are already applied to sweet cherries from New Zealand and Tasmania, Australia.

 

2. Outline of the Revision
MAFF revises the announcement No.518 of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on May 6th 1992 (To establish the standard of sweet cherries from the United States which the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries established) and allows the imports of sweet cherries that satisfy the following conditions:

1  Picking sweet cherries from the designated production areas which were confirmed to be low prevalence of Codling Moths by trap survey, located in the states of   California, and the states in the north-west region, Oregon and Washington,

2 Fruit inspection for three times after picking,

3 Periodical inspection by Japanese plant quarantine officers.

 

For further information, please contact the following:
Plant Protection Division, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau
Mr. Fukushima, Mr. Oka
Tel: (03) 3502-8111 (ext. 4565) or (03) 3502-5978 (dir.)
Fax: (03) 3502-3386

 

STATISTICS

The following statistics are available from the Statistics Planning Division of the Statistics Department (Tel. 03-6744-2037).

 

  1. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Last 10 days of May 2009.
  2. Statistics on Distribution of Frozen Fishery Products, May 2009.
  3. Summary of Survey on Marketing of Fishery Products in Landing Areas, 2008.
  4. Planted Areas, Harvested Areas, and Shipments of Flowering Plants, 2008.
  5. Survey of the Wholesale Market for Flowers (Summary), 2008.
  6. Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, First 10 days of June 2009.

 Notes:

  1. All materials are in Japanese unless otherwise noted.
  2. Contacts may not be able to respond to inquiries in any language except Japanese. 

 

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